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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Night of the Living Pink Shirts

Trying to conjure up a piece about our current GM, I let my mind wander off into Dan Evans realm. How will he be remembered? How should he be remembered? Here's an outline of his major deals:

2004:

Signed Jose Lima
Signed Jose Hernandez

2003:

Acquired Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazoban in exchange for Kevin Brown
Signed Juan Encarnacion (EDIT: I had forgotten this one. Thanks, Rick)
Claimed Duaner Sanchez off waivers
Signed Wilson Alvarez to a minor league deal

2002:

Signed Kaz Ishii
Acquired Odalis Perez and Brian Jordan in exchange for Gary Sheffield

2001:

Acquired Cesar Izturis and Paul Quantrill in exchange for Luke Prokopec


That's not a bad resume. Trading Sheffield may have been a mistake (considering the numbers Sheff has put up since then*), but Perez has been a plus pitcher for us, and our clubhouse was purportedly made a happier place. The Izturis/Quantrill and Weaver/Brazoban trades were no-brain steals that curiously served as the starting and endpoints of Evans' Dodger tenure. The cheap Alvarez, Lima, and Hernandez pickups also provided good value to the club.

In spite of all the heckling he endured from the fans and media, Evans should probably be remembered as a good GM who deserves another shot at a different club. Detroit, anyone?

Or maybe I'm just forgetting the bad times.

EDIT: Noted above and in the comments, I had forgotten about the blah acquisitions of Encarnacion, Robin Ventura, and Rickey Henderson.

*footnote 1: If we don't make the Sheffield trade, do we make the playoffs in 2003? (Plenty pitching, zero offense). My answer: probably, considering we had 3 very good starters during the stretch that year: Nomo, Brown, and Alvarez.

6 Comments:

  • Two moves that had questionable value:

    Juan Encarnacion
    Robin Ventura

    Evans wasn't a bad GM, but he wasn't great. Depending on what he would have done at the trade deadline, it would have either made us win the division, or lose it to the Giants.

    By Blogger Rick, at 3/09/2005 10:15:00 PM  

  • I agree. Not great, not bad. Probably should have traded Mota in 2003 when we needed offense desperately.

    I'm not sure I agree with Jerry's characterization of the Brown/Weaver trade as a "no-brainer" though. A lot of people didn't like the idea of getting the guy who tanked in New York, and it paid off in spades.

    By Blogger Steve, at 3/09/2005 10:42:00 PM  

  • Even though Brown had had a decent year before, the Weaver deal is basically a no-brainer in my eyes--even under an ex-ante analysis. You have an aging, oft-injured pitcher with 2 (3?) years left of an absurd contract. Weaver had proven to be a serviceable pitcher in Detroit and Brazoban was already regarded as a stud prospect.

    By Blogger Jerry Fors, at 3/09/2005 11:00:00 PM  

  • Don't forget the Daryle Ward and Fred McGriff "answers" at first base, or the over-the-hill Karros and still-OK Mark Grudzdkfdk being replaced by, well, Ward, Alex Cora, and perenially-DL'd Todd Hundley's sunk-cost.

    I'm not impressed with Evans' reign because of his perceived passivity and inability to make serious upgrades to the team, which didn't get any better on the field under his leadership.

    However, he deserves a great deal of credit for rebuilding our minor league system, which placed 10 players in Baseball America's Top 100, with credit also going to scouting director Logan White.

    By Anonymous theOZ, at 3/10/2005 04:12:00 PM  

  • One should not forget the mighty Dodgers career of Mr. Tyler Houston, whom Dan Evans acquired mid-season a couple years back.

    By Blogger Icaros, at 3/10/2005 05:43:00 PM  

  • I would have posted this two days ago, if Blogger hadn't gone wacky on us, but we have also forgotten the Jeromy Burnitz/Rickey Henderson moves.

    By Blogger Steve, at 3/11/2005 10:45:00 PM  

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